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Date:         Tue, 31 Jan 2006 10:05:55 -0800
Reply-To:     "Choate, Paul@DDS" <pchoate@DDS.CA.GOV>
Sender:       "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         "Choate, Paul@DDS" <pchoate@DDS.CA.GOV>
Subject:      Re: What does colon after equal sign mean?
Comments: To: Gerhard Hellriegel <ghellrieg@T-ONLINE.DE>
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But the colon operator can work between two variables truncating the longer to length of the shorter during comparison...

If a =: b;

Both of these keep the observation: data test; a='a'; aa='aa'; if a=:aa; run;

data test; a='a '; aa='aa'; if trim(a)=:aa; run;

hth

Paul Choate DDS Data Extraction (916) 654-2160

-----Original Message----- From: SAS(r) Discussion [mailto:SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of Gerhard Hellriegel Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 9:24 AM To: SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU Subject: Re: What does colon after equal sign mean?

By the way, there are other possibilities to get the same. Look at the following:

data _null_; set sashelp.class; where name like "A%"; run;

However the LIKE operator has many other possibilties. "%" stands for all chars, "_" for a single one

e.g. "_a%c%" means: the second char is a "a" and the rest contains a "c" anywhere...

On Tue, 31 Jan 2006 12:08:42 -0500, Greg Curson <gscsrc@HOTMAIL.COM> wrote:

>On Tue, 31 Jan 2006 11:21:41 -0500, Gerhard Hellriegel <ghellrieg@T- >ONLINE.DE> wrote: > >>that means "starts with..." >>Including >>Avcvcvvc >>Abdbebeb >>A >>A.... >>... >> >> >> >>On Tue, 31 Jan 2006 08:07:48 -0800, Greg Curson <gscsrc@HOTMAIL.COM> >wrote: >> >>>if pjwrktyp =:'A' or >>> pjwrktyp =:'G' or >>> >>> >>>in the above if statement what does the colon before the 'A' and 'G' >>>mean how >>>does it effect the statement? >>> >>> >>>Thanks! > >Thanks all ! > >I understand the code now > >Greg


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